Army Composite Risk Management

Composite Risk Management is an essential skill that every leader needs to develop. Every Soldier is responsible for safety, but it is up to the leadership to provide a framework. Composite Risk Management worksheets (DA Form 7566) are due before every training event – most likely, your AGR staff turns this in for each drill and AT, but sometimes you will be required to produce one for additional events.

army risk managementThe point of CRM is to mitigate risks in order to avoid losing personnel or equipment, in other words, to avoid lessening your combat effectiveness. FM 5-19, Composite Risk Management, is your go-to guide for understanding the risk management process. The Ground Risk Assessment Tool (GRAT) will be your best friend when it comes to CRM resources online, but make sure you have a CAC reader handy.

There are five steps to the CRM process.

Identify Hazards – This is basically evaluating what things can cause harm to your Soldiers, and your equipment. Hazards exist everywhere, which makes me think we can’t go outside without some kind of bubble around us – but that’s a part of risk management!

Assess Hazards – This is the part where you assess the severity of the hazard and how likely it is to occur. If it’s low, then you don’t need to put it on your worksheet, because you can’t mitigate a low risk to a low risk. The regulation gives you criteria to follow for each level of risk, so you don’t have to worry about how to decide.

Develop Controls – Resources like CALL (Center for Army Lessons Learned), the Army Combat Readiness Center (CRC), and other resources for TTPs and regulations can help you develop controls for the residual risk.

Implement Controls – This is where the rubber meets the road. When you are writing your risk assessment, you are articulating hazards into words. You Soldiers need clear orders on how to implement these controls that you have come up with. Some of them they might know already, but you should ensure that everyone is on the same page and can easily follow your guidelines. Proven methods should be added to SOPs.

Supervise & Evaluate – Much like step 8 of the TLPs, supervise and evaluate means you get to ensure that your plan has been put to action, and what is or isn’t going well. This is your chance to see just how clear your plan was. This is another measure of control, because your supervision means that you are able to focus on the mission at hand without being immersed in doing it all yourself.

Final Thoughts:  CRM is essential to our mission, and we are provided many resources to make the process easier.


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5 thoughts on “Army Composite Risk Management”

  1. Good post, Candace.

    Army Risk Management is much more than just filling out a risk assessment. It is the process of “thinking through” your missions and doing the best you can to reduce and eliminate risks, right from the planning phase. It is one of the leader’s most important jobs and it often gets overlooked or downplayed. If you lead troops, you need to incorporate ACRM into everything you do.


    1. Justin Long

      I agree with you, Chuck. Additionally, I would like to add that the Supervise and Evaluate phase is ALWAYS overlooked. Like Chuck said, most people just fill out the CRM Workseet, get it signed and think, oh well now that is out of the way… My first experience as a new 2LT I was running a range and actually updated my CRM worksheet as the training progressed (a good tip from my Company Commander). Turned out that the Division Commander was stopping by, asked to see my Risk Management sheet and saw that I was updating it…gave me a coin for it. Not tooting my own horn, but it just goes to show you that people are looking at those types of things. As a leader, you have to ensure that the stuff you put down on paper are being executed and adjust fire as needed…

      1. Good for you. I agree that you should constantly update your Risk Management Sheet, especially as things change with your training.

        Good job getting the coin.

      2. Candace Ginestar

        Justin, good for you for updating your worksheet. The point is, it is called a worksheet for a reason! We should always be looking for ways to improve our training and safety concerns. There’s a reason that supervise and refine is a part of our TLPs. I bet your division commander was so surprised to see you doing the right thing, and I am willing to bet he tells other people about you as a good example of what right looks like!

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